NZ Formulary

Salbutamol (oral)

sal-bew-ta-mol

What does it do?

Salbutamol opens narrowed airways in the lungs. It helps to relieve asthma symptoms and breathing problems.

How should you take it?

Take salbutamol as directed by your healthcare professional.
Measure the liquid carefully with an oral syringe or measuring spoon.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain

Tell your doctor

Tremor, muscle cramps

Headache, dizziness

Nervousness, trouble sleeping

Stomach upset

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have heart problems or high blood pressure.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Some people with asthma may get short of breath after taking certain pain-relieving medicines such as aspirin (e.g. Aspec®), diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®) or ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®). Talk to your healthcare professional.